LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 05: Inductee Eminem performs onstage during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on November 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

If you haven’t heard, Slim Shady is dead. Eminem, however, is alive and well. Eminem, who’s legal name is Marshal Mathers III, released a “Detroit Murder Files” teaser in April and placed a fake obituary in the Detroit Free Press bidding adieu to his alter ego, Slim Shady.

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He’s teased an upcoming album called “The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grace)” due out this summer. His mentor and hip-hop legend, Dr. Dre, mentioned it during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live back in March, adding that he contributed to several songs on the album.

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Since then, Em has teased a new single, “Houdini,” to be released this Friday (5/31/2024). Eminem has also been posting teases for the single on Instagram, including his latest: a facetime with popular magician David Blaine, where he asks David “Can we do a stunt or something?” to which, David replies “You mean something like this?” then takes a drink of some wine and then eats the glass (this guy must be exhausting to hang out with). Eminem responds: “For my last trick, I’m gonna make my career disappear.”

Eminem Sold A Lot Of Albums Thanks To Slim Shady

This upcoming album will be Eminem’s 12th studio album. His songs have garnered many reactions including, but not limited to, outrage, disgust, celebration, motivation, sadness, and more outrage.

Outrage, if we’re being honest, fueled much of his success. Eminem, through the alter-ego “Slim Shady,” wrote some of the most controversial lyrics in hip-hop. His pop appeal only fueled the controversy as his fans are of all ages, races and demographics. You can include me in that group, I’ve been a fan since the beginning.

“Slim Shady” was an outlet for Eminem, and some of his fans, to release some angst and say some really outlandish things. For me, it’s part of the reason I’m a fan. Em’s skill is unparalleled. But, as someone who regularly uses music as a sort of therapy, Slim Shady was a bit of a stress reliever.

I, for one, hope he isn’t truly killed off in this album. But, whatever Slim’s fate, here are 5 of my favorite Slim Shady songs.

  • Rock Bottom


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    “Rock Bottom” is on Eminem’s debut: “The Slim Shady LP.” It was written by broke Slim Shady, a Slim Shady that I identify with very well. If I’m feeling particularly low, I put this one on and just vibe. It kind of reminds me that we all get pretty low for whatever reason, but it’s not forever.

  • Without Me


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    One of Eminem’s most successful songs, chart-wise, “Without Me” is another song from a ‘fun’ Slim Shady. The lead single from “The Eminem Show” explained how empty the music scene is when he’s not around. It also goes on to explain how popular his alter-ego has become with the lyric “I’ve created a monster, ’cause nobody wants to see Marshall no more, they want Shady, I’m chopped liver.”

  • The Way I Am


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    “The Way I Am” may be my favorite song on “The Marshall Mathers LP.” Normally, angry Eminem is my least favorite. But this one just feels so real, like he’s had this all bottled up until he couldn’t stand it. And the message is actually a positive one: “I am whatever you say I am”…his answer to every critic and naysayer: Say what you want to say, you can’t hurt him, he’s just going to keep being himself.

  • My Dad's Gone Crazy


    “My Dad’s Gone Crazy” is comedy gold. From the opening ‘scene’ of a young Hailie Jade walking in on her dad in full “Slim Shady” mode, this song is a hilarious look into what their household might look like if Slim never left, with a young Hailie even signing some lines in the song, including the title: “My dad’s gone crayyyyzeh”.

  • Just Don't Give


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     “Just Dont Give” is the title of the censored version of this song. The non-censored version adds 2 words to the title. This was Eminem’s first single, originally from ‘The Slim Shady EP’ and later re-released on his major label debut, ‘The Slim Shady LP’. It’s Eminem’s first reference to the Slim Shady character, so I have to include the O.G.

  • Just Lose It


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    Honorable Mention: “Just Lose It” was Eminem’s lead single off of his “Encore” album. It was more jovial than a lot of his “Slim Shady” songs. But, that is why I like it. It’s almost like he said “watch me just make weird noises on the mic and it’ll be a hit.” It was fun and nonsensical. Sometimes we need that.

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